Historic Service at Stanstead South on Sunday
There will be a final De-Consecration Service at Stanstead South United Church this Sunday. “We will have an Easter Service and the De-Consecration service. It will be a very emotional thing,” commented Reverend Lise Kuzminska. The Presbytery has approved the sale of this last church belonging to the United Steeples congregation, and a sale could be finalized within the coming weeks.
“There is a potential buyer and the sale is in the last stage. We are hoping and expecting it to go through, but we thought we had sold the church twice before so, it’s not done until it’s done,” explained Rev. Kuzminska. She continued: “This is our third church closing and it’s been a very emotional time on some of our members, especially those who devoted so much of their lives to keeping those doors open for so long. They worked very hard to make that happen and the community owes them a debt of gratitude.”
The congregation still has access to the Centenary United Church which was bought by Stanstead College, however, the Reverend is hoping to find a smaller place for regular worship. “We will be talking with Stantead College to see if there is a room on campus where we might be able to worship without bothering any students. The College has been very cooperative and enormously supportive of the United Church congregation,” added the Reverend.
An indoor garage sale will be held at the Stanstead South United Church on Saturday, April 2nd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Some of the items for sale include chairs, pots and pans, large dish sets, pulpits, lecterns, two organs, one piano, candlesticks, children’s books and games and more.
The Stanstead South United Church, which is in the process of being sold, is holding its last service this Sunday.